National Basketball Association
Texas 61, West Virginia 54
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 5, 2019
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Officials: # Joe DeRosa, # Ray Natili, # Kerby Sitton
Attendance: 9195

Matt Coleman III scored 17 points, including six in the final three minutes, as host Texas outlasted Big 12 Conference foe West Virginia 61-54 on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

Texas led just 51-50 with 4:44 left after two free throws by the Mountaineers' James Bolden. The Longhorns got an offensive rebound and a tip-in from Kerwin Roach II on their next possession to push their advantage to 53-50.

A free throw by Coleman with 2:50 to play added to Texas' lead but was immediately answered by a putback dunk by West Virginia's Derek Culver.

The Longhorns' Jaxson Hayes scored on an alley-oop dunk of his own off a feed from Coleman to re-establish a four-point advantage, 56-52, and Texas was never challenged again as Coleman poured in a 3-pointer with 1:09 left and then finished off West Virginia with two free throws with 34 seconds remaining.

The victory was the fifth in the past six games for the Longhorns (10-4, 2-0 in Big 12), who have won their first two games in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

Dylan Osetkowski added 14 points for Texas, and Elijah Mitrou-Long scored 11. The Longhorns also had a season-high seven blocked shots.

Culver, a highly-touted freshman recruit who was playing in just his fourth game after missing 10 games due to a suspension for violating team rules, led the Mountaineers with 17 points.

Bolden added 13 points, all in the second half, and Esa Ahmad scored 10 for West Virginia (8-6, 0-2 in Big 12), which has lost two straight games and three of its last five, including a three-point loss at home to Texas Tech in both teams' conference opener on Wednesday.

Texas got nine points from Coleman in the first half and led 32-26 after outshooting the Mountaineers 57.1 percent to 41.7 percent over the first 20 minutes.

Texas sophomore forward Jericho Sims missed Saturday's game with a right ankle injury sustained during practice on Friday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
West Virginia   Texas
Derek Culver 17 Scoring Matt Coleman III 17
Lamont West 2 Assists Matt Coleman III 3
Derek Culver 9 Rebounds Dylan Osetkowski 7
Esa Ahmad 4 Free Throws Made Dylan Osetkowski 4
Wesley Harris 2 Steals Matt Coleman III 1
Esa Ahmad 1 Blocks Jaxson Hayes 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
West Virginia 54 40.0 5-20 9-14 7 26 2 4 12
Texas 61 50.0 6-16 13-19 7 27 7 4 11